Sunday, August 18, 2013

Seattle Date

Brandon and I went to Seattle this weekend.  First of all, one of his good friends, Esther, is moving to California, and we wanted to say goodbye to her since she's so awesome.  So we went out to lunch with her and her fiance Rian.

We went to this Korean fusion restaurant on the beach, Marination Ma Kai.  I got the Kalbi Beef Tacos, each with a very generous squirt of lime.  THEY WERE FANTASTIC.  But very expensive, so we probably won't go there again for a while.  Plus, Brandon thought the tacos were a bit salty, but honestly having enough lime juice on them fixes that.  I wish I took a picture of the tacos because they looked really good and tasted good too.

Right next to the restaurant was a pier with a water taxi.  We took that to downtown Seattle so we wouldn't have to deal with the parking situation there.  

We practiced taking pictures of ourselves on the water taxi since we didn't have our friends around to snap them for us anymore.  A lot of the pictures were pretty bad and hideous so we deleted them, but this one looks cool because it really shows our dark and light eyes together. <3

And yet another practice shot!

From there we just walked around randomly.  We eventually ran across this Japanese museum, so we took pictures in front of the majestic statues.
The ceiling was really cool, right?

Me trying to sit on the camel, but my legs aren't long enough!  And not to mention the security guard probably saw me climbing on the statue.  HA!

We went to this arcade that we love, Gameworks.  Here I am geeking out and playing Frogger. XD

Brandon won a whole stack of tickets for me to get the prize of my dreams....

And I was one happy girl.  Sanrio stuffed animals are one of those things that makes me smile non-stop.  Let's just say I was the envy of every little kid, carrying it around all day.  Oh, we also went to H&M and found a super cute dress for only $10.  I will do an outfit post on it one of these days.

 Randomly, there were Star Wars people on the street that we just had to pose with.

And of course, Chococat had to be in the photo too.  I look a little foolish in this picture, but I really don't care.  It was so worth $1 to hold the light saber and have this picture taken.

Then we went to the most popular area in Seattle, where you can see the space needle.  We didn't go inside, because we have already done that together. 

Instead, we went to the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle.

It has 75 floors!!!!!!!!

Oh, and can you see the space needle from this uppermost floor?  This skyscraper is twice the height of the space needle.  How's that for cool?

You could see EVERYTHING in the city from that floor.  Even the famous huge ferris wheel that seems so tiny from up there.  Can you spot it?

Oh, look!  You can even see the water taxi riding off into the sunset!

The skyscraper is called the Columbia Center, if you are interested.  It is taller, cleaner, less crowded, and less expensive than the touristy Space Needle.  They even give you a student discount if you have a student ID card on you.... :-)

Another view out the sky room window.... Those orange construction things remind me of giraffes.  Am I the only one who thinks that?

Another view, where you can see plenty of green, freeways, buildings, and the mountains.

The tall black building is what the Columbia Center looked like from the water taxi on the way back to our car!

Brandon staring at the water and the city scenery as we left.

We had a fantastic time wandering around Seattle.  It was a perfect date for us.  On the way to downtown Seattle, we were inside the water taxi.  On the way back we decided to stand outside against the rail and enjoy the scenery.

LOL!  Ugly instagram colors on me... but the background is what I want you to focus on. 

The spray from the water made my hair a bit frizzy, but it was so fun to be on that water taxi.  I recommend it to anyone.

Oh, and not that this has to do with anything, but Brandon looked really hot that day.  Don't you think?

Later on, we were going to go to this Hot Pot restaraunt called Gourmet Noodle Bowl, since I haven't had Hot Pot in a long time and was craving it.  We couldn't find parking anywhere, so we just ended up eating our usual weekend meal of Jasmine Mongolian Grill. :-) haha....  But today we did go to the Hot Pot place because Brandon just couldn't stand the fact that we didn't get to go.  MAN!  It was really good.  The selection of vegetables could have been better but the yummy broth more than makes up for it.  Well, too bad the weekend is already practically over.  I need at least one more day of relaxation.  *sigh* Well, time to read my latest Enid Blyton book and have a snooze.  xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Friday, August 16, 2013

Enchanting Walks on My Work Break

As many of you know, I use my work break to take a walk around and look at something beautiful.  This is good for several reasons.  I get fresh air, a little bit of much-needed exercise, and something about the city I work in refreshes me and is good for my soul.   Not to mention the fact that sometimes I just need a dang break from being in the office all the time.  There is an outdoor gallery in the nearby park with tons of sculptures from impressive local artists.  I try to snap pictures of things that impress me.  Here are my latest finds....

This is creepy, but definitely in a cool way.

As usual, the gardens impressed me greatly, filled to the brim with these lovely orange flowers.

This one has terrible lighting.  I blame it on being blinded by the sun while trying to take a picture of a sculpture of the sun.

 CUTE!  A little path with flowers along each side of it. 

 A dog sniffing a daffodil.... ^___^

Randomly, someone had a natural fence of bamboo bordering their yard.

To change the subject, Brandon and I have some lovely days ahead of us.  It is my birthday month and he is already spoiling me rotten.  We will be going on a trip to Victoria, BC for the weekend of my birthday, and tomorrow we are going to Seattle to spend the day there.  We will be having lunch with Brandon's good friends.  It will be most enjoyable.  

OH! This is random, but I am trying once again after many failed attempts to be better about my health.  I have been doing Blogilates pretty consistently, and that has really helped to bring back strength to my arms and has really helped my legs not look so weak and not-taken-care-of-in-the-exercise-department.  I also have been enjoying hikes on the little trail around our neighborhood.  I am just trying to remember to take the camera with me one of these days because it is such a scenic but easy hike.  Hiking is my form of cardio.  I believe that working up a sweat is very important.  Unfortunately running is not for me, although I know it works for many people.  I have exercise-induced asthma I am pretty sure, since my lungs wheeze when I run too hard.  How icky, right?  So I have to find alternative cardio and hiking does it for me.  It definitely helps my heart rate go up and actually I can get pretty out of breath from it.  According to my acupuncturist, I have very weak circulation and he must have said at least twelve times {in his thick Korean accent} that I need to spend more time exercising.  So his persistent attitude made me really want to change.  :-)  I have been good for about two weeks now.  I have seen nothing but positive come from my new exercising habit.  I have more energy, even though I didn't think I would.  I also feel positive endorphins after I exercise and then I am just in this fantastic mood all day.  Not that before I was too grumpy or anything, but I just feel like I can do more stuff due to being in better health. 

Wow, this post ended up being longer than I thought.  Happy Friday to everyone! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ayumi Hamasaki's Inspiring Bedroom

A few years ago I used to listen to Ayumi Hamasaki constantly.  I was really on a J-Pop kick.  I watched all of her music videos back when they had the full versions on YouTube.  I was really drawn to her edgy style and unique voice.  One music video in particular really caught my attention, but not because of her, mostly because of the BEDROOM in it.  It is called "Do It Again."  The song is not my favorite (in fact it is kinda creepy to me), but I did take some screen shots of the room because I think it's sooo pretty.  Kudos to the people that designed the set.

Why might I be thinking of bedrooms right now?  Brandon and I have just got a new Tempur-Pedic mattress and that has got me in a house decorating mood.  I am not saying Brandon will go for the decorations in this room, but here are some photos of it for all of you to enjoy!

A shot of the entire room.  I like the black and white theme, the understated windows, the intricate details on the furniture, the damask walls, the round rug and ottomans, and the fancy chandelier.

 Now, let's just focus on the bed, shall we?  I am in love with that quilted leather headboard.  And don't even get me started on the details of the door in the background.

The accents she seemed to use in the room were clear, or glass textured, such as this modern lamp next to her bed.  She also has lots of frills on her bedding and pillows.

She also has a black vanity table near her bed, where she continues with her glass accents and adds another element of silver to decorate the place.

 Next to her bedroom is a little washroom.  I like the detail of the towels in a glass tray.  AND THAT MIRROR! *gasp* Also, notice the chair just outside the door has a nice black throw on it, completing the black and white theme.

This is just another shot of the washroom, showing it is right next to the bed.  I also happened to notice the white frame used as a decoration.  She also uses plants here and there to add life to the room.

Another part of her room is the walk-in closet.  She has some very unique chairs next to the entrance, and the details of the doors and the plants look really beautiful.

 She just looks like she owns the world bursting out of that closet.

Here is a peek inside the closet.  She has shelves of shoes and a whole wall where she hangs up dresses.  It is a small but organized closet space.

Well, perhaps I have become carried away with swooning over her fictional room and closet, but can you blame me?  Everything about this room is luxurious, fancy, and original.  I have never seen anything like it.  This at least makes me want to re-decorate our room and make it look more organized.  Happy Monday! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Classic K-Drama: Playful Kiss

 Enjoy a nice preview of Playful Kiss!

Today I have yet another K-Drama to recommend.  If you are having a really stressful day, this is just the show to get you out of your dark place.  You can watch it on Netflix, or here on Dramafever (for free!) and it is AMAZING.  Alright, I am just going to put this out there....this is an extremely cheesy drama and you won't be able to handle it if you don't like over-the-top humor and characters.  The story begins with a well-liked girl, Hanni, that doesn't pay much attention in school but falls in love with the smartest guy in school, Baek Seung Jo.  He, of course is not only smart, but talented in every area of his life.  He is good at tennis, cooking, academics, and basically everything you could ever think of.  Hanni decides to write him a love note to confess her love.  Unfortunately, he rejects her feelings and doesn't pay attention to her.  Feeling like an idiot, Hanni goes home in a very bad mood.  Not only that, but her brand new house collapses, making it the worst day of her life.  Thankfully, Hanni's dad has a kind friend that finds out about their predicament and invites Hanni and her father to live with them while they arrange for a new home to live in.  Little does Hanni know, her father's friend is the father of none other than Baek Seung Jo, and she is now going to have to live in the house of the boy that rejected her and made her look stupid in front of her classmates!  I mustn't give away too much of the story, but at least let me introduce you to my favorite characters.

Oh, and just as a disclaimer, I got all these pictures off of google images.  I believe most of them came from DramaBeans, which is a cool site that has mega spoilers for dramas.

 Baek Seung Jo.  The love interest.  He is quiet, disciplined, and has a photographic memory.

Starry-eyed Hanni.  Our main girl.  She is cheerful, loyal, and a bit clumsy.

Baek Eun Jo.  Seung Jo's little brother, who is also very smart.  He has no patience for stupid people.

Sorry for the tiny picture, but this is Baek Seung Jo's conniving mother.  She LOVES Hanni and will do anything in her power to make sure Seung Jo and Hanni end up together.

 Bong Jung Gu, the well-meaning guy that LOVES Hanni, but since he is nice and loyal and dedicated she ignores him completely.  (Every KDrama has a guy like this.)

 The girl who also loves Baek Seung Jo in high school.  She is blatant and HATES the fact that Hanni lives with Seung Jo.

The other girl who loves Baek Seung Jo in college.  She is feminine, smart, gorgeous, and perfect in every way. 

Best part of the K-Drama: Definitely Baek Seung Jo's mom!  She is so beautiful and hilarious and the best kind of mother.  This was the first time the mother was not evil or a gold digger in any KDrama I have seen.  Oh, and also the soundtrack is pretty dang awesome.

Worst part of the K-Drama:  Some of the acting was not very believable.  As in, very over-the-top.  People who take that seriously would hate this drama.

It is interesting to know that this KDrama was based off a Japanese comic, Itazura Na Kiss.  I happened to watch the anime, thanks to my beautiful friend Mary's recommendation.  You can watch it with English titles here, but just take note that the video quality is not the best.  The storyline was basically the same as the KDrama, but moves along much more quickly and also goes way further into the future.  Also, they naturally have Japanese names in the anime.

Best part of the anime:  Definitely the kiss in the rain.  It gave me the chills - it was really that good.  Especially considering it is just a cartoon.

Worst part of the anime:  The fact that the men slap the women in this is not exactly my favorite.  What happened to being a gentleman?

I also watched the J-Drama version, which can also be watched here on Dramafever.  It is called Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo.  OH MAN!  Well, the story line was very much the same as the KDrama version.
The characters were all extremely CUTE in this one.

And the mother in this one is HILARIOUS.  Maybe even more hilarious than the KDrama one.  I am still debating.

Best part of the J-Drama:  The caterpillar scene.  It was so funny I rewatched it five times and was still laughing hysterically.

Worst part of the J-Drama:  The tennis club leader guy.  UGH.  Worst actor ever.

Lastly, there is a Taiwanese version of the exact same story.  It is called "It Started With A Kiss."  I haven't watched this one yet.  But it looks kinda fun.  You can check it out if you want to here on Dramafever.

 I haven't really watched Taiwanese dramas before, but I am seriously tempted to just so I can say I watched all the versions.

Well, looks like this is one of the most popular story lines there is, so it is definitely worth watching one of the dramas or the anime that I recommended.  Have a lovely day! xoxox

~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son